Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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4.83/5 rDev +24.5%
Ah, Southern Tier Crème Brûlée. Glad to finally get around to reviewing this excellent beer. Review is from notes. Poured this from the standard 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass and shared it with my girlfriend, who absolutely loves this beer.
Appearance (4.5/5): Crème Brûlée pours a motor oil black body and is topped by a rather minimal one finger beige head that bubbles up from the depths before settling down and reducing to a small beige/tan ring. The black ale appears calm and completely opaque. This is a beautiful imperial stout.
Smell (4.5/5): Crème Brûlée smells like...crème brûlée! It's simply amazing how wel it mimics the smell of sweet custard and caramel. I detect notes of vanilla (this baby is aged on vanilla beans), condensed milk, butterscotch, dark chocolate, some coffee bean roastiness, and a slightly sweet hint of booze. Now THIS is how an imperial milk stout should smell.
Taste (5/5): The flavor follows the nose: vanilla, butterscotch, chocolate, and a hint of coffee bean-like bitterness in the finish. Some alcohol presence throughout, but that's to be expected and is never off-putting; rather, it beefs up the flavor profile. The flavor components in this beer compliment each other well and combine to produce a wonderful synergy. This beer's taste is very bold–the usual reaction from someone who's trying it for the first time is "whoa!!!" Very flavorful and potent stuff, indeed.
Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Crème Brûlée is mildly creamy, smooth, and full-bodied. It is lightly carbonated and isn't very "active". This "stillness" lets the beautiful, creamy smoothness of the beer shine. For being such a heavy and sweet beer, it's very drinkable, though most people (read: non-stout heads) will find it to be a little too big and bold to drink the whole 22 oz. bottle. So share with friends.
Overall (5/5): Oddly, this has been one of the favorite beers of the summer, and has found its way into my fridge and glass more often than any other. And while the warm months aren't the typical time one gets a hankering for a big, roasty black ale, the number of times I've had Southern Tier Crème Brûlée this summer is a testament to its greatness. I recommend this beer highly. It makes a great dessert beer.
08-07-2012 17:20:52 | More by hagbergl
5/5 rDev +28.9%
Pours a very deep, almost black color, with a very nice fluffy/bubbly white head that remained throughout the beer.
The scent is very potent of sweet ingredients, vanilla, sugar, some dark fruit, also some notes of coffee and chocolate.
The taste is of sweet vanilla, caramel, coffee and dark chocolate are noticeable toward the end. The alcohol is also well hidden.
Full body, smooth, thick, and creamy, low carbonation.
This beer was absolutely delicious, a ton of flavor, all well balanced. It's tough to drink more than one because it is very filling and sweet but one is all you need. I will definitely look for this again.
08-06-2012 18:34:21 | More by BeerCon5
3.03/5 rDev -21.9%
Bottle into snifter.
Appearance: A glorious dark opaque brown pour with a 1 inch caramel brown head. Low level retention but excellent carbonation.
Smell: So much butterscotch, caramel, vanilla and dark sugars it's Creme brulee magic!
Taste: Too too sweet, it's too much. I can only take about 4 ounces of this stuff at a time. It seems like it would be excellent to try poured over some vanilla ice cream. I'm quite surprised that there is no chocolate malt in this.
Mouthfeel: A medium to thick body with excellent carbonation.
Drinkability : It's just two sweet for me to drink much of it. I think Southern Tier got exactly what they wanted for this and I agree it's a great beer, I suppose I'm just not as big of a sweet tooth as I thought I was.
08-06-2012 17:20:18 | More by julian89
4.5/5 rDev +16%
Big fan of this Dessert!
Wow, taste just like it's supposed to!
A - nearly black with a big chocolate milk colored head. Looks appetizing
S - vanilla and coffee aromas with butterscotch
T - Huge vanilla, caramel, and hop bitterness in the finish. Hints of maple syrup and coffee are also present.
M - smooth and creamy, pretty damn thick
O - Awesome stout that is a perfect example of a dessert beer. one bottle am I'm ready formthe recliner!
08-05-2012 00:41:07 | More by Casedogg43
4.48/5 rDev +15.5%
appearance: deep dark brown with some light shining through tan around the edges.
smell: Creme Brulee! vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar. There is no subtlety to this...truth in advertising.
taste: More of the same. No mistaking this for anything other than what it is...Creme Brulee Imperial Milk Stout.
overall: This is sure a love it or hate it beer if ever there was one and i loves it. Awesome.
08-03-2012 22:41:03 | More by cindyjeffsmith
3.83/5 rDev -1.3%
Pours black with a brown head that recedes and leaves behind some nice lacing. The smell is potent. I can smell this thing without even moving towards my glass (as a matter of fact, the smell was still there after I finished this one and poured my next beer.) It indeed does smell like creme brulee. It doesn't smell like beer. The smell on this one could range from a 1 to a 5, depending on how you like the smell of creme brulee. I happen to love the smell. The taste is strong too. This has less in common with your average russian imperial stout than it does with any dessert. This beer is a dessert. It is very sweet. Tastes of caramel and vanilla, with a hint of chocolate. The roasty flavors from the typical imperial stout are very subdued. The taste of this beer will spoil your dinner. Make sure to have it after. The feel is very thick with somewhat light carbonation.
Do you like your beer to taste like beer or like dessert? That will decide how much you enjoy this beer. I quite like it just for being so interesting.
08-03-2012 04:38:03 | More by Danny1217
4.33/5 rDev +11.6%
A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a thin layer of chocolate colored head. The fades away very quickly leaving behind a touch of lace.
S - Aroma is full of burnt caramel, with lots of vanilla and lactose, a bit of dark fruit and some booze.
T - Starts off with rich burnt caramel sweetness with lots of vanilla and a bit of dark fruit. Through the middle, the lactose sweetness comes through with a bit of roastiness. The finish is a mix of rich burnt caramel, vanilla bean, lactose, and some booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth and syrupy with a super sweet and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Very much a dessert beer. Super bold but also very tasty.
08-03-2012 04:15:14 | More by ngeunit1
4.28/5 rDev +10.3%
A: Pours a two-finger pure white head with diminishing lacing. Light carbonation is evident when poured in a 8oz snifter.
S: Nose is full of sweet burned carmel with a deep sugary-malt undertone. It is what you would expect from the name.
T: This beer does not dissapoint or miss-market the experience. This is definantly a night-capper with a descent amount of sugary, carmel, creamy malt and an absence of balance within the volume of the beer.
M: Heavy but sweet with a hint of dark roasted malt.
O: A great beer for dessert, after-dinner food pairings, or for a beer drinker that has a sweet-tooth. I enjoyed the first glass poured out of a 32oz growler, the rest was regretfully drained to the mouth from price obligations.
07-31-2012 06:20:35 | More by Abrengle
Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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